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At Home: A Short History of Private Life (edição 2011)

por Bill Bryson (Autor)

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Bryson takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, showing how each room has figured in the evolution of private life.
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Título:At Home: A Short History of Private Life
Autores:Bill Bryson (Autor)
Informação:Black Swan Books, Limited (2011), Edition: 1, 700 pages
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At Home: A Short History of Private Life por Bill Bryson

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    The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed por Judith Flanders (digifish_books, Booksloth)
    digifish_books: A more detailed room-by-room consideration of domestic life in Victorian Britain
  2. 41
    A Short History of Nearly Everything por Bill Bryson (petterw)
    petterw: Same style, same author, same enthusiasm, same fun
  3. 10
    Servants: A Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times por Lucy Lethbridge (fannyprice)
    fannyprice: Bryson's discussion of the development of the home from a more open, collaborative space to a warren of special-purpose rooms as the concept of "privacy" became more important dovetails nicely with Lethbridge's discussion of the increasing physical separation between servants and the served in 18th and 19th century British homes.… (mais)
  4. 10
    Schott's Original Miscellany por Ben Schott (grizzly.anderson)
    grizzly.anderson: Bryson likes to wander from one topic to another, and toss in bits of trivia and history. Schott's Miscellany is a fascinating collection of trivia without the attempt to thread it together.
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    Home; a Short History of an Idea por Witold Rybczynski (liao)
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    Nails, Noggins and Newels: An Alternative History of Every House por Bill Laws (meggyweg)
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    How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World por Steven Johnson (cbl_tn)
    cbl_tn: Both books address some of the same technological advances, such as refrigeration and electricity and artificial light, for a popular audience.
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    The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design por Roman Mars (grizzly.anderson)
    grizzly.anderson: What Bryson does for the home, taking it one room at a time and looking at how we got where we are, Mars & Kohlstedt do for cities and infrastructure.
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    Rain: A Natural and Cultural History por Cynthia Barnett (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Tangential histories of commonplace things.
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    If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home por Lucy Worsley (Booksloth)
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    In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life por James Deetz (Othemts)
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    House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live por Winifred Gallagher (jcbrunner)
    jcbrunner: Adds the developments of the 20th century to Bryson's story (from a US point of view).
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    Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant por Jeremy Musson (meggyweg)
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    The Archaeology of Home: An Epic Set on a Thousand Square Feet of the Lower East Side por Katharine Greider (Othemts)
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    How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built por Stewart Brand (Othemts)
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    London 1849: A Victorian Murder Story por Michael Alpert (meggyweg)
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Bill Bryson is a writer who needs no excuse to write. Entertaining as usual, Bryson tells us all about (mainly) UK social life through the last 300 years, on the pretext of describing what went on in the rooms of a former parsonage in which he lives in Norfolk. The rooms themselves barely get a look-in, but we are regaled with lots of facts and stories about the weird and wonderful people that made England what it is. ( )
  robeik | Feb 24, 2021 |
I have an unfortunate habit of feeling elated in discovering little known factoids, such as the reason for ‘drawing rooms’ being so called is that they were the place you ‘withdrew’ from the main public areas of an English home. My elation at such discoveries tends to overflow and thus causes me to need to share the factoid with someone around me at the time of discovery. This is generally my wife. She is generally not too pleased as she is often too engrossed in doing her own stuff at such times such as cooking, cleaning or nursing the sick and dying.

Bryson’s At Home has at least one fascinating factoid per page. I’m amazed we’re still married. Or that I’m still alive. ( )
  letocq | Feb 6, 2021 |
Although Bryson’s book is subtitled “A Short History of Private Life,” it is a solid 497 pages of exploring western history through the outline of one home and its rooms. The author looks at topics as varied as the building of Crystal Palace, the history of farming, interior heating, the East India Company, rabid bats, the art of building staircases, and indoor plumbing. Each of the rooms, which include the hall, kitchen, scullery, fuse box, drawing room, dining room, cellar, passage, study, garden, plum room, stairs, bedroom, bathroom, dressing room, nursery, and attic, is used as the background for stories from history, sociology, science, architecture, and various other fields. Bryson begins with the background and some history surrounding his home, a former rectory built in the 1850′s, and inhabited by Reverend Thomas Marsham and his family. He addresses the question of why people live in houses, and the sociological and technological changes which were required from the formerly nomadic population before they settled. As the author moves from room to room, we learn not only about the history of his house, but about the struggles of putting food on the table, the innovation of ice, expectations of servants, fuel sources of the past two hundred years, interior design trends, the invention of mousetraps, and so on. Since this book addresses so many different topics, one might get a little dizzy jumping from topic to topic. However, the idea of using a house to tie together a variety of different fields makes for great reading. It’s a bit too hefty to be a bathroom reader, although along the same lines, you may find yourself sharing tidbits with friends, “Hey, did you know…?” This is a wonderfully educational book, and manages to be engaging and fun at the same time — no easy task. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
A veces me da la sensacion de que estoy leyendo la Wikipedia y moviendome de pagina a pagina segun me van interesando temas.
Pero me gusta hacer eso de hecho con la Wikipedia asi que para mi es perfecto.
Algunos temas los conocia como la influencia del te o el tema de las especias. Otros han sido totalmente sorpresa como todo lo relacionado con paisajes o casa absurdas.

Es entretenido, cambiando de tema constantemente, un nuevo enlace en la Wikipedia.. ( )
  trusmis | Nov 28, 2020 |
Bill Bryson's book is not really quite what I expected. His social history of England uses the setting of a home and its spaces or features to explore various topics relevant to the lives of those who once lived in these houses. He explores epidemiology (quite appropriate in 2020 with the pandemic), gardens, electricity, sewage, slavery, finances, education, and much more in the volume. The book lacks citation footnotes (even of the blind end note variety); however, it includes a nice bibliography. Some footnotes with further explanations do appear at the bottom of some pages, usually linked by an asterisk. The volume's size intimidates casual readers, but the author's engaging style will win most over, particularly if they approach the book a chapter per day. ( )
  thornton37814 | Nov 15, 2020 |
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“At Home” is baggy, loose-jointed and genial. It moves along at a vigorously restless pace, with the energy of a Labrador retriever off the leash, racing up to each person it encounters, pawing and sniffing and barking at every fragrant thing, plunging into icy waters only to dash off again, invigorated. You do, somehow, maintain forward momentum and eventually get to the end. Bryson is fascinated by everything, and his curiosity is infectious.
adicionada por khuggard | editarNew York Times, Dominique Browning (Oct 8, 2010)
 
Bryson is certainly famous enough to have got away with a far less bulging compendium. Instead, on our behalf, he’s been through those hundreds of books (508 according to the bibliography) some of which even the most assiduous readers among us might never have got around to: Jacques Gelis’s History of Childbirth: Fertility, Pregnancy and Birth in Early Modern Europe, say, or John A Templer’s The Staircase: Studies of Hazards, Falls and Safer Designs. He’s then extracted their most arresting material and turned the result into a book that, for all its winning randomness, is not just hugely readable but a genuine page-turner — mainly because you can’t wait to see what you’ll find out next.
adicionada por fluteflute | editarThe Telegraph, James Walton (Jun 19, 2010)
 

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